Since my fawning of former-Standard Fare leader Emma Kupa never seems to dissipate, I’ve got to promote the announcement of her new mini-album for Wiaiwya. It’s not like she’s kept silent since her former act called it a day; she’s in Mammoth Penguins and she did that great single with Darren Hayman that made our year end list, but now she looks to go out on her own, albeit for a bit. Her approach in the song below shows some slight changes, with a more subdued folk approach and a change to the subject matter (turning from love to family). I love the strength of her voice too. The little album will be available in the Spring, but for now, just enjoy this dreamy track.
It seems like Stanley Brinks is all about collaborations this year, having earlier worked with The Wave Pictures, and now with songwriter Freshcard. The story goes that Mr. Brinks met Freshcard whilst she was working at a bakery in Paris; he invited her to sing some songs, and their friendship was born. Together, the two will release Pizza Espresso as collaborative affair between their two labels, Fika Recordings and Wiaiwya. It’s an album of soft ballads and shared singing roles, allowing for maximum pop indulgence for the listener. You’ll be quite pleased with the results of these two.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/01-If-You-Have-Time.mp3]
Download: Stanley Brinks and Freshcard – If You Have Time [MP3]
Did you see me rave about the excellent Out of Sight, Out of Town LP from Standard Fare at the beginning of the year? You definitely should have, but if you didn’t, this song’s going to remind you just what I was talking about. The group’s signed up to release a single with WIAIWYA, and you can grab that single for nice decent price. More importantly, the band’s been generous to provide us with a stream of their energetic jam, “Girlfriend.” This song encompasses everything the group’s about, and I’m always excited when one of my favorite bands has new music to make it through this rainy weather. You can also stream/buy the track HERE.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Girlfriend-Mx3.mp3]